Miami Hurricanes vs Virginia Cavaliers Prediction, 3/1/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Miami Hurricanes vs Virginia Cavaliers
Date: Monday, March 1, 2021
Location: John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA
Odds/Point Spread: Miami (+15)
The Miami Hurricanes (7-15) head to John Paul Jones Arena on Monday where they'll meet the Virginia Cavaliers (15-6). Virginia opens this contest as 15-point favorites. The total is set at 125.
Miami comes into this contest with a record of 7-15 this year. They average 66.0 pts per contest (292nd in the nation) on 41.9% from the field. The Hurricanes are connecting on 29.5% on shots from distance (124 of 421) and 68.7% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Miami is snagging 35.5 rebounds per game and is sitting with 249 assists for the year, which has them ranked 231st in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. They are giving up possession 13.0 times per contest and as a team are committing 12.5 fouls every game. Defensively, the Hurricanes have forced 12.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 15.6 personal fouls. They currently rank 305th in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 336 relinquished so far this season. The Hurricanes defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 44.9% (593 of 1,322) and they concede 35.0 boards per game as a basketball team. They are surrendering 37.1% on three-point shots while they are 215th in Division 1 in PPG allowed (71.4).
The Miami Hurricanes faced the Clemson Tigers and took a loss by a final of 66-58 in their last game. Miami finished the game having earned a 44.0% field goal percentage (22 out of 50) and buried 5 of their 15 shots from downtown. From the charity stripe, the Hurricanes buried 9 of their 10 tries for a percentage of 90.0%. With respect to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 29 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 12 assists in this game in addition to forcing 8 turnovers and earning 3 steals. In reference to the defense, Miami allowed their opponent to shoot 49.1% from the floor on 26 out of 53 shooting. Clemson earned 14 assists and had 9 steals for this contest. On top of that, Clemson grabbed 24 rebounds (3 offensive, 21 defensive) and had 4 blocks. Clemson walked away from this one shooting 60.0% at the charity stripe by making 3 of their 5 shots. They converted 11 of 1 shots from distance.
Isaiah Wong is a player who played a role for the matchup. He recorded 28 points on 10 of 18 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 39 mins played and totaled 3 boards. Wong ended up shooting 55.6% from the field and earned 1 assist. One more player that was a factor in the matchup for the Hurricanes was Anthony Walker. He snagged 10 rebounds in his 38 minutes played on the night. He ended up shooting 41.7% from the floor in this contest by shooting 5-of-12 (13 points). Overall, Walker accounted for 1 assist.
Virginia has a mark of 15-6 on the campaign. Virginia has accounted for 1,445 points on the campaign (68.8 per game) and they collect 31.4 boards per game. The Cavaliers commit 13.1 fouls per game and they hit 80.1% from the free throw line. When it comes to offensive execution, the Cavaliers are shooting 48.4% from the field, which has them ranked 37th in the country. They are earning an assist 14.0 times per game (116th in college basketball) and they cough up possession 9.6 times per game. The Cavaliers defensively are ranked 7th in the nation in points allowed per contest with 60.6. They are forcing their opponents into 9.6 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 42.0% from the field (111th in college basketball). The Virginia defense gives up 34.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter (144 of 423) and opponents are converting on 74.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They concede 11.9 assists and 29.0 boards per game, which is 96th and 6th in D-1.
When they last stepped on the court, the Virginia Cavaliers took a defeat with a final score of 68-61 against the NC State Wolfpack. The Cavaliers pulled down 17 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 24 in the game. They also gave up possession of the ball 8 times, while recording 5 steals in this game. The Wolfpack were called for 12 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Cavaliers to the charity stripe for a total of 14 tries. They were able to make 14 of them for a percentage of 100.0%. With respect to shots from beyond the arc, Virginia converted 7 of their 25 tries (28.0%). When this game wrapped up, the Cavaliers finished shooting 20 out of 54 from the floor which had them shooting 37.0%. The Cavaliers allowed the Wolfpack to bury 20 out of their 44 attempts from the field which had them shooting 45.5% for the game. They went 41.7% from beyond the arc by hitting 5 of 12 and finished the game at 23 of 28 at the charity stripe (82.1%). In the matter of team rebounding, Virginia permitted North Carolina State to grab 28 in all (3 offensive).
Sam Hauser was important for the Cavaliers in this matchup. He made 7 out of 16 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 43.8%, and added 2 rebounds. Hauser had 21 points in his 37 mins on the court, but wasn't able to get an assist. One more player that played a role for Virginia was Jay Huff. He walked away with no assists in 33 mins played, and he put in 6 out of 12 from the floor. Huff ended the game having shot 50.0% from the floor as well as collecting 19 points and 11 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Miami (+15)
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